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Insurgent combines a grim world, gripping action, and fierce pain to carve new paths in the dystopian genre.
Insurgent is the second film in the Divergent trilogy, based on the books written by Veronica Roth, and though the world building has unmistakable similarities to dystopian flicks (also based on novels), like The Hunger Games and The Giver,Insurgent offers many wholly unexpected turns and paths that set it on its own.
In the wake of genocide from the last film, the dark world comes under the assault of the power hungry from the Erudite and Dauntless factions and the underbelly of the quaint faction-based society is revealed to be hungry and teeming with anger.
The scenes depicting the concrete rubble and steel skeletons of the city resonate the state of this world after the last time war erupted, two hundred years prior.
Tris and her brother Caleb, her love, Four, and her Loki-like nemesis Peter have very little respite before their quartet is under attack just as the factions system itself is threatened by an impending war deemed necessary to procure peace.
The main character is nearly destroyed, as Tris is put to the breaking point.
Very rarely can a film depict just how close someone comes to the edge before losing their sanity, yet still retaining sympathy and a painful amount of empathy for the character. Insurgent does this in a manner that tests the audience and Tris again and again in surprising, twisted, dark, and terrible ways.
This film is a dystopic force.
It plays on the audience’s emotions and rivets viewers with numerous tightrope action sequences, and *Spoiler Warning* the prolific Sims from the previous film return to threaten to undo Divergents’ sanity while breaking their soul and ultimately the physical body.
The ruthless Jeanine orchestrates this, as she seeks the means to take over the Chicago city and its ruins while hunting down all Divergents.
This proves to be far more than the protagonist and Divergent Tris can handle as the film measures out a tremendous amount of guilt, self-loathing, and fear in her.
The gritty thrill ride has some shocking and thought provoking actions at its ending as well that leaves the audience hungry for more!